Since trees can have a lifespan of hundreds of years, its date of death might not even be relatively close to the date the archaeologists are looking for.Thorough research and cautiousness can eliminate accidental contamination and avoidable mistakes.The answer to the problem of fluctuating amounts of this important isotope is calibration.
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Radiocarbon dating uses the naturally occurring isotope Carbon-14 to approximate the age of organic materials. Often, archaeologists use graves and plant remains to date sites.
Since its conception by Willard Libby in 1949, it has been invaluable to the discipline.
In last Tuesday’s lecture, radiocarbon dating was covered briefly.
It is an essential technology that is heavily involved in archaeology and should be explored in greater depth.